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6 Proven Methods To Save Energy With Commercial HVAC Systems

Looking for ways to cut your commercial HVAC operating costs? Any building owner can tell how much it takes to maintain a comfortable environment in commercial spaces. To lower the energy consumption of your commercial HVAC system, check out these proven and tested strategies from Napps Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Invest in Programmable Thermostats and Smart Control Devices

Today, many HVAC units are monitored and regulated by smart technologies which offer comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency. One of those is programmable thermostats which feature a network of sensors that control and constantly monitor the temperature all over the building. Investing in these devices is a good start to save up to 40% of the overall energy costs.

Schedule an Energy Audit

Another way to reduce your office’s energy usage is by knowing and understanding where the energy is used and wasted. A comprehensive energy audit helps identify the errors in the HVAC system, repair, and maintenance services through a full inspection. All potential factors such as the number of occupants and the system’s performance are taken into consideration. An energy audit makes it easier to find and fix the problem.

Make Repairs Immediately

With well-operating heating and cooling systems, you have better control of your system’s energy usage. Therefore, if anything goes wrong in your HVAC equipment, do not delay any repairs. Act on it promptly as soon as you notice the issue. Putting off repairs may result in more expensive repairs and system breakdown.

Set a Preventive Maintenance Program

Stop the problem before they even occur. A professional HVAC preventive maintenance goes a long way when energy efficiency is concerned. If regularly checked and maintained, your commercial HVAC system would work at peak efficiency even under extreme weather conditions.

Upgrade Your Old HVAC Equipment

A new HVAC system is a big investment, but it can boost your savings and comfort. You might need to install retrofits before replacing the system entirely. Consult your contractor regarding retrofits for information and assistance.

Reinforce Your System’s Insulation

Insulation is not just about sealing cracks around the windows and walls of the building. Your HVAC system needs it the most as far as pipes, ducts and electrical outlets are concerned. Make sure they are properly insulated to keep high energy costs at bay.

With the high cost of running commercial HVAC systems, these expert tips can give a hand on your energy-saving goals. Contact us at Napps Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for more friendly tips. Keep in touch with us to learn more!


Commercial Building Owners: Did You Know Your HVAC Upgrades May Be Tax Deductible?

One of the greatest challenges that building owners face is pulling out some cash when replacing their outdated commercial HVAC system. Thanks to the recent tax legislation for upgrading the HVAC system on commercial buildings. What does this federal tax law say? Keep reading to learn more!

U.S. IRS Tax Code Section 179: What is it?

Effective on 1-January, 2018, the federal tax code has expensed all quality heating and cooling products at the moment they are purchased and installed. The U.S. IRS Section 179 along with the 2017 HVAC Expensing and Technology (HEAT) Act states that any commercial property owner can now deduct all components of their HVAC equipment in full (total amount of purchase) during its first year right after the purchase.

How is it different from the old depreciation law?

Under the previous depreciation law, a commercial property owner who purchased and installed an HVAC system with a total cost of $14,000 (for example), he/she can claim about $350 every year within 39 years. But with the new tax law, business owners can immediately subtract the $14,000 expense for a repair or replacement project in the same year of purchase or installation. At an estimated marginal rate, a commercial property owner can save more than $5,000 in taxes per year.

What kinds of business property does the tax law cover?

Here are two (2) general requirements from IRS:

  1. The building “qualified property” should be personal, tangible and depreciable property acquired for active business operation. Land (bought from 2018 onwards), buildings and vehicles are included.
  2. Any property purchased and used in the same year you claimed the deduction. This means that the property should set up, currently working and being utilized for business. Properties bought that remain unused don’t count.

What types of HVAC improvements should you consider?

Before making any purchase, make sure to get a complete energy audit for your commercial building. It offers an opportunity to learn the energy needs of your building’s indoor environment and tackle existing problems. The inspection should cover all components of the HVAC system including ducts, bypass dampers, filters, cooling towers and more. Talk to an HVAC expert to know what upgrades you should consider.

Keep updated on the latest news and happenings in the HVAC industry by calling Napps Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Or, contact us for the latest HVAC trends, tips and more!